My Children's Room
â« Shawnn âªâ«â« - posted on 08/03/2012
First, TEACH THEM how to clean their area. Second, in an age appropriate manner, assign duties to each.
You cannot expect a 2 yo to do the same job as a 4, 6, 8 yo. However, if they are older, then you need to (again) TEACH them if you haven't already. And if you have, start enforcing some consequences.
I believe that a disorganized room is an indicator of an inherently lazy personality, not a 'professional child' as charming as that my seem to some. If you allow the laziness in respect to personal space, it will extend into the public spaces of the house, and soon become unbearable, as well as an embarrassing mess that you will be expected to clean up.
In short: teach and assign appropriately age related tasks to each child, and then teach them to follow thru. Small rewards such as stickers are always good incentive for younger kids, and withholding extra money for "fun" things is excellent incentive for older ones.
Chaya - posted on 08/03/2012
How old are they? If they are preschool aged, you have to go into their room and help them clean it. They'll do what you're doing. If they are grade school or older, tell them they aren't allowed to bring food into it, and keep the door closed. I'm a professional child, I believe that orgainization is for people who are too lazy to search for stuff.
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